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(noun) An often derogatory term associated with a workplace philosophy where raw productivity is considered paramount.

In a "Widget Factory" workplace, metrics are everything and ideas are nothing. A "great employee" would be someone who produces the most widgets per hour. This mindset is closely tied to Taylorism; a production-oriented work philosophy from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Dave, your workplace isn't a widget factory--if you don't know how to charm your boss and get noticed, working your tail end off won't get you ahead.
by TexasBard June 28, 2017
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